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How are researchers using technology? What are the influencing factors that encourage the use of digital tools whilst conducting research?

Webb, Annette and Hoyle, Benjamin (2015) How are researchers using technology? What are the influencing factors that encourage the use of digital tools whilst conducting research? In: Value and Virtue Conference, 9-10 June 2015, York St John University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Researchers are surrounded by technology whether they like it or not. NVivo is the CAQDAS (Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software), available at York St John University to staff and students undertaking qualitative research. However, the numbers of users taking up the opportunity are low. Why is this the case?
As both a digital trainer in H.E. supporting students and a postgraduate researcher undertaking a Master’s degree I explored the experiences of researchers at York St John and through doing so also gained insights into the student experience. I undertook a qualitative study exploring the issues surrounding participants’ engagement with data analysis software and an investigation into the effectiveness of an online package. Funding was secured from the ‘student as researchers’ scheme and an undergraduate student brought their own experience to the study by providing support with input and analysis of data using NVivo. Issues considered were researchers’ creativity, experiences and the realisation that software does not necessarily ‘do the work for you.’ I conducted online interviews via email to record the conversation between myself in the role as researcher and participants undertaking active research. Emerging themes raised interesting questions around what kind of digital support was necessary for post-graduate qualitative researchers using technology in their learning and teaching.
This presentation will outline the research process including our reflections, discuss key findings and highlight recommendations, particularly those relevant to the Value and Virtue audience. There will be opportunity to ask questions, discuss findings, and identify future ways of supporting researchers with technology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
School/Department: Information Learning Services
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/729

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